Sep 11 2012

Mutant Vehicle of the Year Award for Burning Man 2012

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XyloVan loves meeting fellow mutant vehicles.

On Tuesday night, we stumbled across “Fusion,” a fantastic V8-powered desert roadster hand-wrought entirely of stainless-steel tubing, laboratory reactor vessels, LED arrays and raw badassery.

We can’t find much on the web about it – no build log, a few photos on Facebook, but it appears to be tied to Soul in the Machine. Any tips on its provenance and creators would be greatly welcomed.

In any case, for beauty, style and sheer kick-you-in-the-‘nads audacity, XyloVan gives Fusion our completely obscure but fully deserved Mutant Vehicle of the Year Award for 2012. Here’s a little video walkaround:


Sep 11 2012

The Walking Beast

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It’s been around for a while, but this is the first time we got to see it up close and in action. Biomass is completely obsessed with it, of course. Fire good. Mammoth earth-shaking alien-looking tank technology gooder.

Here’s a clip of it showing off on the Esplanade at Burning Man 2012 – watch for the weird pelvic foot that thrusts down, lifts the entire machine and pivots to help its otherwise linear drivetrain turn.